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Patrick Russell

Patrick heads the non-fiction team at the BFI National Archive, where he has worked since 2000 and has led several major archival projects drawing on the British tradition of documentary and non-fiction filmmaking.

Patrick’s curatorial specialism is the history of industrial and sponsored film, and their equivalents in today’s contemporary corporate media. Among the archive’s rich holdings in this field, he cites as his favourite the film and video collection of the National Coal Board.

He co-edited the books Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-war Britain (2010) and The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon (2004) and is the author of 100 British Documentaries (2007) and several chapters in edited collections.

Patrick can be contacted at: patrick.russell@bfi.org.uk.

Articles by Patrick Russell

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  • Shooting the message #16: White Boat TV

    A look at the NHS-wide impact of Barbara’s Story, a powerful cycle of films made for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital by White Boat TV about an elderly patient experiencing the disorientation of dementia.

    Monday, May 19, 2014

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  • Shooting the message #15: ShootMedia

    A look at Walthamstow-based ShootMedia, whose video for ChildLine became the charity’s most successful issue-based film ever, resulting in a 1654% increase in traffic to their website.

    Friday, March 28, 2014

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  • Born in 1914: nine great documentary filmmakers

    Curator Patrick Russell shines a light on nine filmmakers born 100 years ago who became major figures in British documentary of the 20th century.

    Monday, March 10, 2014

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  • Shooting the message #14: Barford Productions

    Barford Productions’ comms films have been seen by everyone from Tony Blair’s cabinet to Guinness trainees learning how to pull the perfect pint.

    Friday, February 14, 2014

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  • Born in 1914: seven great filmmakers

    Dylan Thomas and Jack Cardiff are among the greats born in 1914 whose paths crossed with the British documentary movement in its golden age.

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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  • Shooting the message #13: drpgroup

    Lovely jubbly: how one supermarket giant’s internal comms films update the bygone tradition of the industrial cinemagazine.

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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  • Shooting the message #12: Jacaranda

    A look at a corporate production company whose early relationship with The Body Shop ties it closely to the rise of ‘ethical capitalism’.

    Monday, December 9, 2013

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  • Shooting the message #11: World Television

    A look at World Television, a corporate-film production company whose clients have run the gamut from environmental agencies to FTSE 100 giants.

    Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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  • If you enjoyed When Coal Was King...

    For those fascinated by the BBC’s When Coal Was King, curator Patrick Russell suggests some onward journeys into our nation’s industrial past on film.

    Thursday, November 7, 2013

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  • Peter Worden (1938-2013)

    Original custodian of the Mitchell and Kenyon films of late Victorian and Edwardian Britain, the late Peter Worden was a film enthusiast with an indomitable passion for history.

    Friday, September 27, 2013

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